“The greatest scientists are artists as well,” said Albert Einstein. St. Thomas Aquinas College student Godson Nartey ‘22 has proven that theory to be true.
Currently in his senior year and gearing up for graduation, Godson is a Biology major with a Performing Arts minor, who has made his mark at STAC. Active both inside and outside of the classroom, he has led with his drive and commitment to learning.
Fueled by a childhood dream of helping others, Godson wants to be a medical doctor, specializing in the orthopedic field. He is also driven by another passion: “Many people don’t know that I am also passionate about singing opera. I started singing in the choir in the fifth grade and fell in love with it.”
The perfect culmination of Godson’s talent and hard work will happen later this month when he performs the National Anthem during STAC’s 65th Commencement Exercises, where he will also receive his diploma.
In the stands during Commencement, will be his role models. Godson credits his parents for how much he has learned from them and expresses his profound gratitude for all they have done for him. At the age of 13, Godson immigrated to the United States from Accra, Ghana’s capital city. He is the oldest of five siblings and speaks five native Ghanaian languages.
Godson notes that his favorite things about STAC are its small size and the sense of community and camaraderie that is shared by students, faculty, and staff.
Throughout his college years, Godson has been supported and challenged by professors. He credits Dr. Emmanuel, Professor Steven Burns, Dr. Rave, Dr. Tóth, and Dr. Wentzell for the impact they have made in his life. Godson explained, “They have all contributed to my growth as a student and as a person. Their classes challenged me and they also changed me.”
Inside the classroom, his favorite classes have been Anatomy and Physiology, Organic Chemistry, and Physics. “Godson was one of my very first students when I started teaching here at STAC. I absolutely loved having him in class! He has such wonderful energy and is so eager to learn,” said Interim Dean of STEM, Dr. Bianca Wentzell. “I believe he is truly an integral part of our STAC community and makes everyone feel welcome. I am so proud of Godson and impressed with all that he has accomplished!”
Outside of the classroom, Godson is a member of Future Leaders in Healthcare, the Multicultural Student Organization, and has also played on the Spartan Sprint Football Team. He was presented with an award at STAC’s April 2022 Student Leadership Awards, and performs often on campus and at College events, most recently sharing his talents while performing at STAC’s annual Alumni Hall of Fame Celebration. Godson also enjoys drawing, listening to, and creating music.
Following commencement, Godson plans to continue his studies in the pursuit of his passion and purpose – to help others. With his extraordinary drive and diverse talents, he is sure to have a bright future full of rich opportunities.